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WINGS of Providence (otherwise known as WINGS) - Women In Need Growing Stronger - operates a second-stage shelter and affordable housing (the Home Next Door) for women with children who are leaving situations of family violence. It is a safe home, and above all else, a critical stepping-stone on the journey to a life free from domestic violence.

In the beginning, a group of individuals sought to address the need for long-term, safe, and supportive housing for women with children who have experienced family violence. In April 1987, WINGS opened its doors to their first family in need.

A woman experiencing abuse can come from any background: someone close to you probably knows her, or perhaps you know her yourself. She is a neighbour, a newcomer, a university-educated professional, or a brand-new mother. Domestic abuse knows no boundaries and affects any individual at any stage of life.

WINGS is precious to Kolya because they provide so much more than shelter. They provide a sense of community and the tools needed for victims of abuse to heal from trauma. Their holistic, trauma-informed approach offers intensive counselling, onsite childcare, life skills training, and countless child and youth programs to encourage healing for the entire family. With the right support, these families can restabilize, access new skills, and set the course for full, enriched, lives free from violence and abuse.

Unfortunately, the need for WINGS never seems to end. Trauma runs deeply. In 2003, WINGS opened a second-stage shelter in 2003 situated close to schools and shopping. This became a place where healing families could take their first steps towards fully independent living. In 2012, WINGS extended its services by opening the Home Next Door, an affordable housing complex for women with children to promote further independence. The Rocky Forest Daycare opened in 2014, and has since provided trauma-informed, quality care and specialized early education programs for children who have suffered abuse. As the first-of-its-kind affordable housing facility in Edmonton, the Home Next Door and Rocky Forest Daycare provides safe, secure and affordable living within the healthy and supportive community of WINGS.

In the face of COVID and beyond...

Due to Covid-19, the past year and a half has been challenging for WINGS and its families. Isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety intensifies the struggles within situations of family violence; this includes the challenges of being in a new home, poverty, language and cultural barriers, mental health and addiction, among many others.

The increased needs of families, limited staff, the loss of onsite volunteers, as well as loss of funding, has proven to be extremely challenging for the organization.

Still so much to do…

One in five Canadian women will experience some form of violence in their intimate relationship.

On average, every 6 days, a woman in Canada will be killed by her intimate partner.

The issue is as complex as it is heart wrenching. WINGS’ holistic approach creates the best possible chance for families to permanently flee a life defined by domestic violence, but they are not able to do it alone. It is through the support of friends, volunteers, stakeholders, and collaborative sector partners that allows WINGS to continue this invaluable work.

They say “it takes a village.” Take action against domestic violence and family trauma by supporting Wings of Providence. With the community’s ongoing love and dedication from people like you, WINGS changes lives.

To learn more, visit

WINGS of Providence (otherwise known as WINGS) - Women In Need Growing Stronger - operates a second-stage shelter and affordable housing (the Home Next Door) for women with children who are leaving situations of family violence. It is a safe home, and above all else, a critical stepping-stone on the journey to a life free from domestic violence.

In the beginning, a group of individuals sought to address the need for long-term, safe, and supportive housing for women with children who have experienced family violence. In April 1987, WINGS opened its doors to their first family in need.

A woman experiencing abuse can come from any background: someone close to you probably knows her, or perhaps you know her yourself. She is a neighbour, a newcomer, a university-educated professional, or a brand-new mother. Domestic abuse knows no boundaries and affects any individual at any stage of life.

WINGS is precious to Kolya because they provide so much more than shelter. They provide a sense of community and the tools needed for victims of abuse to heal from trauma. Their holistic, trauma-informed approach offers intensive counselling, onsite childcare, life skills training, and countless child and youth programs to encourage healing for the entire family.  With the right support, these families can restabilize, access new skills, and set the course for full, enriched, lives free from violence and abuse.

Unfortunately, the need for WINGS never seems to end. Trauma runs deeply.  In 2003, WINGS opened a second-stage shelter in 2003 situated close to schools and shopping. This became a place where healing families could take their first steps towards fully independent living. In 2012, WINGS extended its services by opening the Home Next Door, an affordable housing complex for women with children to promote further independence. The Rocky Forest Daycare opened in 2014, and has since provided trauma-informed, quality care and specialized early education programs for children who have suffered abuse.  As the first-of-its-kind affordable housing facility in Edmonton, the Home Next Door and Rocky Forest Daycare  provides safe, secure and affordable living within the healthy and supportive community of WINGS.

 
In the face of COVID and beyond...

Due to Covid-19, the past year and a half has been challenging for WINGS and its families. Isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety intensifies the struggles within situations of family violence; this includes the challenges of being in a new home, poverty, language and cultural barriers, mental health and addiction, among many others. 

The increased needs of families, limited staff, the loss of onsite volunteers, as well as loss of funding, has proven to be extremely challenging for the organization.

Still so much to do…

One in five Canadian women will experience some form of violence in their intimate relationship.

On average, every 6 days, a woman in Canada will be killed by her intimate partner.

The issue is as complex as it is heart wrenching. WINGS’ holistic approach creates the best possible chance for families to permanently flee a life defined by domestic violence, but they are not able to do it alone. It is through the support of friends, volunteers, stakeholders, and collaborative sector partners that allows WINGS to continue this invaluable work.

They say “it takes a village.” Take action against domestic violence and family trauma by supporting Wings of Providence. With the community’s ongoing love and dedication from people like you, WINGS changes lives.

To learn more, visit www.wingsofprovidence.ca

Article from our Kolya Summer Box (2021) Magazine.


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